Anthony Patrick Penkivech

Anthony Patrick Penkivech

STAMBAUGH — Anthony Patrick Penkivech, 78, passed away at CLC hospice at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Anthony “Tony” was born on Nov. 7, 1939, in Stambaugh, to the late Frank and Anna (Rusinek) Penkivech. He was the fifth oldest of six brothers. Tony attended Stambaugh High School, graduating with the Class of 1957.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1958 and was stationed on the Destroyer Escort USS Hammerberg DE 1015. Following his honorable discharge, he ultimately moved to the Minneapolis area. Anthony worked for Electric Machinery Corp as a field engineer and assembler on large power generators and rotating excitation systems for 33 years. He was well respected in his field by customers throughout the world.

He retired back to the area where he and his brothers grew up. Tony was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being at hunting camp with his brothers and their family. His yearly migration to the hunting camp spanned several decades.

Tony’s laughter was infectious. His great size was intimidating to most people at first, but in time one realized his gentle-giant nature. He was lots of fun to be around and he will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Tony never married the love of his life, as she died tragically before that could take place. He loved to be around his family and adopted every child he met. Lots of hugs were given and received throughout his lifetime.

Tony was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom, Frank, Jim, Martin and Ted; and infant twin sister, Ann Elizabeth.

Tony came to know Jesus our Lord as his Savior (John 3:16) and his pain and suffering on this earth has ended.

Tony leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and friends, all who will miss him greatly.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, with Rev. Gregory Veneklase to offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be in Stambaugh Cemetery.

The West Side Veterans will accord Military Rites at the graveside.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Tony Penkivech online at

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.